Statements and submissions

HRC 36: Secure digital communications in Turkey are essential for human rights
HRC 36: Secure digital communications in Turkey are essential for human rights 07 September 2017 APC and IFEX

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and IFEX submitted a written statement ahead of the Human Rights Council’s 36th session to express their grave concern about the growing crackdown on the use of secure digital communications, and in particular the arrest and pre-trial detention of IT consultant Ali Gharavi and non-violence and wellbeing trainer Peter Steudtner, together with eight Turkish human rights defenders.

Human rights in digital environments in the Philippines
Human rights in digital environments in the Philippines 07 September 2017 Association for Progressive Communications and Foundation for Media Alternatives

The Association for Progressive Communications and the Foundation for Media Alternatives, a non-governmental organisation based in the Philippines, would like to call the attention of the Human Rights Council to concerns relating to the Philippines’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) during the 27th session of the Working Group on the UPR. APC and FMA welcome the participation of the Government of the Philippines in the UPR despite an earlier attempt to defer from the process.

Universal Periodic Review: Criminalisation of Online Expression in Asia
Universal Periodic Review: Criminalisation of Online Expression in Asia 07 September 2017 APC and supporting organisations

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and organisations supporting this joint statement express concern over the lack of attention to the shrinking space for human rights online in India during the 3rd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Parallel Coalition Report and Submission on the List of issues to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
Parallel Coalition Report and Submission on the List of issues to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights 04 September 2017 The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), Media Monitoring Africa (MMA) and the Right2Know Campaign (R2K)

APC, Media Monitoring Africa, and the Right2Know Campaign welcome the opportunity to submit this parallel coalition report and submission on the List of Issues (LOIs) to the 61st session of the Pre-Sessional Working Group of the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights. This parallel report is submitted in response to the Government of South Africa’s Initial Report to the CESCR...

Analytical summary of national responses to Special Rapporteur David Kaye’s report to the UN Human Rights Council 35th session
Analytical summary of national responses to Special Rapporteur David Kaye’s report to the UN Human Rights Council 35th session 30 August 2017 APC

The latest report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression focused on the role of digital access providers in ensuring the provision of human rights, with a particular focus on private actors’ responsibilities.

Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation
Statement on Facebook's internal guidelines for content moderation 11 August 2017 APC and others

In late May the Guardian released the Facebook Files, leaked internal documents revealing how the company moderates content. Although Facebook has made some improvements, these documents confirm that it's often one step forward, one step back, as the platform continues to censor women's agency, especially women of colour and especially in relation to activism, while letting harassment flou...

APC submission to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) CWG-Internet consultation on public policy considerations for OTTs
APC submission to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) CWG-Internet consultation on public policy considerations for OTTs 31 July 2017 APC

With the steady expansion of affordable broadband services, OTTs are beginning to have a significant impact on some of the revenue streams of many traditional telecommunication infrastructure operators.

APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session
APC statement at the WSIS Forum 2017 High-Level Policy Session 05 July 2017 APC

Access to information and knowledge has been recognised as a key principle for achieving the WSIS vision since 2003. Information and knowledge for all are key for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals because they link to empowerment and mobility, enabling people to improve their lives.

HRC 35: APC oral statement on bridging the gender digital divide
HRC 35: APC oral statement on bridging the gender digital divide 15 June 2017 APC

Oral statement on bridging the gender digital divide delivered by APC's Deborah Brown under Item 3: General Debate, at the 35th session of the UN Human Rights Council, 14 June 2017.

On the harm to our fundamental rights online under the extended state of emergency in Venezuela
On the harm to our fundamental rights online under the extended state of emergency in Venezuela 09 June 2017

On May 16, 2017, the Venezuelan government issued Executive Order 2489, which extends the “state of emergency” in Venezuela that has been in place since May 2016. This new extension authorizes internet policing and content filtering. This measure deepens the existing restrictions to the free flow of information.